Friday, March 21, 2003
Edifier du Jour-Isaiah 41:8-16(NASB)
8 "But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend, 9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its remotest parts And said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. 10 'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' 11 "Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish. 12 "You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent. 13 "For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.' 14 "Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you," declares the LORD, "and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. 15 "Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff. 16 "You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, And the storm will scatter them; But you will rejoice in the LORD, You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.Eileen and I were reading that passage Wednesday and I couldn't help but put the US in the Israeli role there as we march in with relatively little opposition. I know that's putting my hermeneutics way ahead of my exegesis and verges on some sort of Anglo-Israelism, so I want you to take this with multiple grains of theological salt. To the extent that a country is one the side of the angels, God can make their task smoother and shame the people who oppose you. Whether that is the case with our war with Iraq remains to be seen, but God will help out the good guys. God may not choose sides in a pickup basketball game, but I think He might choose sides where one side is serving His cause, albeit in a flawed way. I think that this is such a time.
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